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Skipper Karunaratne (49*) took a gutsy decision of batting first under cloudy conditions and took the shine off the new ball. The score could have read much worse if it was not for his perseverance.
It is a huge win for Sri Lanka in terms of the Test Championship. This being only a two-match series, the Lions have bagged 60 valuable points.
Sri Lanka now need 135 runs to go one up in the series and unless they implode, there is every chance of a Sri Lankan win before Tea on day 5, weather permitting.
At 161-7, it looked as if Sri Lanka might concede a big first-innings lead but wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella joined hands with Suranga Lakmal to put up a brave front.
Both Taylor and Dananjaya channelized their frustration to dish out commendable performances on day 1.